Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform Now Available to NJEDge.Net and New Jersey School Boards Association Members
Web-scale IT Solution Delivers Benefits of Virtualization to Education Facilities State-wide
San Jose, CA – May 7, 2014 – Nutanix, the leading provider of next-generation datacenter infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has entered into a program with NJEDge.Net, the statewide provider of networking and shared services to the educational and research community across New Jersey, and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). Under this program, the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform is now available at a pre-negotiated, member discounted rate to all New Jersey academic and research institutions, including colleges and universities, K-12 schools, as well as medical and research organizations in the state who are part of the consortium.
“It’s widely known that educational institutions are currently experiencing numerous challenges relating to their legacy IT infrastructure. Budget reductions, rising costs and new technologies compound the problem at a time when infrastructure needs to be more adaptable and flexible,” said George G. Laskaris, President and CEO of NJEDge.Net. “There is tremendous demand among our consortium for virtualization solutions. Our partnership with Nutanix gives our members an opportunity to incorporate this cutting-edge technology into the IT infrastructure at schools across the state.”
The new program also opens up the power of virtualization to members of the NJSBA, a federation of more than 600 local boards of education and charter schools. “Virtualization is helping K-12 public schools in New Jersey advance digital learning while reducing capital and operating expenses,” said Lawrence Feinsod, Ed.D, Executive Director, NJSBA. “We are excited to expand awareness and drive demand for this innovative solution for public school districts and charter schools.”
The Nutanix web-scale infrastructure solution eliminates the need for costly and complex storage area networks (SAN) by integrating high-performance storage and compute into one unified appliance. The solution’s modular building-block platform enables academic institutions to start with small deployments and grow incrementally as needed. In addition, the system is simple and fast to implement (deploys in about 45 minutes), requires little to no operation or management intervention and its performance is dramatically faster compared to legacy infrastructures.
“With Nutanix, the power savings and smaller IT footprint are unbelievable,” said Jim Veirs, Network Manager, South Plainfield Board of Education. “Not having a SAN is a great thing and there’s no need to worry about communication between the SAN and blades since Nutanix has them built into one box. I highly recommend the Nutanix solution for any school district that is looking to streamline their IT operations and save money.”
Nutanix delivers web-scale IT infrastructure to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven Virtual Computing Platform, natively converging compute and storage into a single solution to drive unprecedented simplicity in the datacenter. Customers can start with a few servers and scale to thousands, with predictable performance and economics. With a patented elastic data fabric and consumer-grade management, Nutanix is the blueprint for application-optimized and policy-driven infrastructure. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on Twitter @nutanix.
NJEDge.Net is a non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey. Through its deployment of an advanced regional optical network, NJEDge.Net supports its members in their institutional missions by providing collaborative resources and networked information services in support of teaching and learning; research and development; outreach and public service; as well as economic development throughout the state of New Jersey. Learn more at www.NJEDge.Net.
About New Jersey School Boards Association
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 584 local boards of education and includes 81 charter school associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance. www.njsba.org